GUWAHATI, Feb 28 � The State government will step up recruitment of females in the police force with an aim to push up the percentage of women police to at least 15 per cent of the total police force.
Addressing media-persons here today, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said women now constitute just over four per cent of the total strength of Assam Police.
�While our police are assertive, I admit that recruitment of women in the police force has been less. Nationally the average is 10 per cent. Ideally, I believe at least 50 per cent of our police should be women. But for the time being, we aim to increase their numbers to 15 per cent of the total force,� Gogoi said.
He added that lady officers and personnel are more sensitive to needs of the female segment of the society and can deal with women�s issues in a better way.
�We also are targeting to set up more women�s police stations. Women of Assam are more assertive as compared to women in other states across India,� the Chief Minister said.